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Water World Theory Of Lifes Origins Outlined In New Study

Water World Theory Of Life's Origins Outlined In New Study

Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling ultraviolet rays. What started out as simple cells ultimately...

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2014-04-18 12:20:34

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency's mission to better understand and protect our home planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO This year, for the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth Science missions will be launched into space in the same year. These new missions will help address...

Mars Rover Scopes Out Its Next Study Area
2014-04-04 09:46:06

NASA On Wednesday, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drove the last 98 feet (30 meters) needed to arrive at a site planned since early 2013 as a destination for studying rock clues about ancient environments that may have been favorable for life. The rover reached a vantage point for its cameras to survey four different types of rock intersecting in an area called "the Kimberley," after a region of western Australia. "This is the spot on the map we've been headed for, on a little rise that...

2014-04-03 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will be flying a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space this June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Media are invited to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Wednesday, April 9, for a brief mission overview and visit to the clean room where this near-space...

California's Aging Levees Being Watched Over By NASA Radar
2014-04-02 14:04:08

Carol Rasmussen, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory One morning in 2008, research scientist Cathleen Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was flying over the San Andreas fault near San Francisco, testing a new radar instrument built at JPL. As the plane banked to make a turn, she looked down to see the Sacramento River delta, a patchwork of low-lying lands crisscrossed by levees. Jones was using an instrument that can measure tiny movements of the ground on the...

3-D Look At Los Angeles Area Quake Provided By NASA Model
2014-04-01 08:00:46

Alan Buis, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory On March 28, residents of Greater Los Angeles experienced the largest earthquake to strike the region since 2008. The magnitude 5.1 quake was centered near La Habra in northwestern Orange County about 21 miles (33 kilometers) east-southeast of Los Angeles, and was widely felt throughout Southern California. There have been hundreds of aftershocks, including one of magnitude 4.1. Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,...

Sandstone layers with varying resistance to erosion
2014-03-25 06:30:10

Guy Webster, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Variations in the stuff that cements grains together in sandstone have shaped the landscape surrounding NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and could be a study topic at the mission's next science waypoint. On a journey with many months yet to go toward prime destinations on the lower slope of Mount Sharp, Curiosity is approaching a site called "the Kimberley." Scientists on the team picked this location last year as a likely place to pause for...

Space Sunflower Could One Day Help Snap Pictures Of Planets
2014-03-21 10:52:53

Watch The Video: Studying Other Worlds with the Help of a Starshade ] Whitney Clavin, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, is being developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The hunt is on for planets that resemble Earth in size, composition and temperature. Rocky...

2014-03-20 16:21:09

PASADENA, Calif., March 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) honored Lockheed Martin with the Small Business Industry Awards Large Prime Contractor of the Year award for its utilization of small businesses and superior performance on subcontracts at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). "Our work with NASA JPL is diverse, supporting space missions and complex IT needs," said Vicki Schmanske, vice president of IT & Security...

Amazon Inhales More Carbon Than It Emits
2014-03-18 20:28:30

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory A new NASA-led study seven years in the making has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit, therefore reducing global warming. This finding resolves a long-standing debate about a key component of the overall carbon balance of the Amazon basin. The Amazon's carbon balance is a matter of life and death: living trees take carbon dioxide out of the air as they grow, and dead trees put the...

Your 15 Minutes Of 'Frame' From Cassini
2014-03-17 14:12:59

[ Watch The Video: Cassini: Coming Attractions at Saturn ] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Arguably the most photogenic planet in the solar system, Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet after Jupiter. With its luminous striped surface and stunning ring system, the planet is a wonder to view, especially from orbit, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft has demonstrated since arriving at the Saturn system in 2004. Over the years, the Cassini mission...